Bird Cage Placement


Date: July 19th, 2011

Unfortunately, bird owners cannot simply place a bird cage in a location where the cage color matches the room tapestry. While the red backdrop may provide a delightful contrast, a bit more thought needs to go into this decision.

Bird in Cage

Several aspects need to be taken into consideration prior to placing a cage somewhere in your house. Temperature, light exposure, airflow, and potential fumes are all extremely important and potentially life threatening factors.


Most pet birds require a temperature between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Birds are capable of adjusting to a broader temperature range, but most household temperatures fall within this range anyway.

It is recommended not to keep a cage near a window. Even if the window is shut, when it is cold outside the window can act similar to a refrigerator and radiate the cold into the bird’s cage. The window may provide natural light, but temperature is more important than the light provided by the window.

Light Exposure

In birds, light assists in the synthesis of Vitamin D and the proper utilization of calcium for strong and healthy bones. However, as previously mentioned in the above paragraph, keeping the cage next to a window is not a very good idea. So, how do you get your bird to be exposed to enough natural light?Zoo Med AvianSun Deluxe Floor Lamp

If you have a room in your home that has large windows that provide ample amount of sunlight, you may be in luck. Locate an area in the room where you can place the cage a couple of feet away from the window. This will prevent the window pane from radiating the cold or heat into the cage. If the sunlight still reaches the cage and the other requirements mentioned in this article are met, you have found an adequate location for your bird!

If you can’t find a spot for your bird with natural light, don’t worry! Indoor full spectrum lighting provides the necessary light requirements needed for a healthy bird.

Birds require twelve hours of light, and twelve hours of darkness. Light will determine the bird’s sleep cycle and acts as a cue for when to sleep.


Drafty areas in your home can be very bad for your bird – even life threatening. Be aware of both direct and indirect drafts before placing a cage somewhere. Air conditioning vents, an open window, and a ceiling fan are all sources of drafts. To find out if there is a draft, place a candle in the area. If the flame flickers, a draft is present and the location is not suitable.

With this being said, a certain amount of airflow can benefit your bird. A gentle breeze every now and then will not be harmful as long as the bird can move out of the flow. Placing a cloth or small towel on one side of the cage will accomplish this.

Hazardous Fumes

There are many potential hazardous fumes that your bird may face if you place the cage in the kitchen. It takes very little fumes for a bird to become sick and die.

Teflon and other non-stick cookware are known to release a toxic substance to birds. Whenever you are cooking with this material, shut the door to the bird’s room and place a towel underneath to prevent drafts. There have been hundreds of cases of birds who have abruptly died due to the exposure to this fume.

One More Reminder...

Most birds are social creatures - place the cage in a room where people will be around to satisfy its playful nature!

Before placing a cage in your home, be sure to check for all of these potential health concerns. If you have any further questions, email them to, or visit your local CountryMax store today! 


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